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. another terrible day in baghdad. the anniversary of george bush's announcement that america was at war with iraq. 55 people killed. more than 200 wounded. very hard to see that there is anything but chronic instability and continued hideous bloodshed there. what is your take? >> it's such a tragedy really the way things have unfolded in iraq. just looking at iraqi faces, seeing how pale they had become. we are hearing after one attack after another. people's voices actually began trembling. this is violence that, first of all, the iraqis never even imagined would end up being the outcome of america's war in iraq. so many of them hoped and dreamed they would have true freedom, democracy, that their horizons would be open. they have dealt with everything, all of the violence that wrecked this country over the past ten years. to be reminded of it again on the tenth anniversary shocked people and completely and totally devastated them, piers. >> it comes of course as the crisis in syria reaches what could be a tipping point where there are reports that president assad, although still uncon
're talking obama versus bush. >> i'm talking about the real government, wall street, the banks, the corporations that made $2 trillion is what we spent on the iraq war. who made that money? soldiers in the field? no, i don't think so. this is always about the people who have the purse strings and the politicians who are bought off by them, and so if they come on now and tell me anything about this, you know, ahmadinejad is building a bomb, really? well, i'll believe it, you know, when he walks in a room with it and shows it to me. frankly that's really how much i would not trust anything being said by the military industrial complex of this great country. >> when you see what happens in just today in baghdad, 55 people killed if i think 17 different bombings, two other assassinations took place, 200-plus people wounded. that's a typical day in baghdad. >> that's right. >> over the last few years. >> that's right. >> i mean, this is not peace. >> right. >> this is not democracy. >> this is not freedom. >> right. >> what is it? >> what it is is -- first of all, we set this thing
priebus is standing by live this hour. >>> ten years after the invasion of iraq, a bush white house insider is here to reveal the secrets of how america was spun into war. >>> and from gop power broker to cable news kingmaker, a new book pulls back the veil on the controversial fox news boss, roger. we want to welcome our viewers from the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> in an extraordinary look inward, republicans think they figured out what went wrong back in november. dissecting the election defeat, the gop has found that it is viewed as narrow-minded, out of touch, and full of stuffy old men. one calls for major changes in style and strategy, but how do they go about repairing a deeply divided party? cnn's brianna keilar is here in "the situation room," and she's taking a closer look at this report and fascinating material inside. >> fascinating material inside, and one of the things we're seeing in the republican party, what it's planning to do, is invest some serious money to build the republican brand in areas that are
? for nearly half of americans the answer is no. the politics lead, jeb bush seemed to imply that marco rubio may have flip flopped on the pathway to citizenship issue. i'll get the senator to respond to his fellow floridian. and the pop culture lead. he has a new album but it's been six long years since he brought sexy back. is music still justin timberlake's first love? >>> but now for the money lead. still no signs wall street is freaking out over a financial crisis unfolding overseas. stocks ended mixed after government leaders for the mediterranean island of cyprus rejected a controversial bailout plan but even with the markets hanging tough, it brings little comfort to a lot of americans who worry their 401(k) will be chump change by the time they reach their golden years. the lead's erin mcpike is here to tell us about a gloomy new report on the state of retirement savings. >> the recent headlines about the economy as we've talked about have been pretty good but the lingering effect of the great recession is that a lot of americans have had to dip into their savings to get by. and of c
's experienced the region. fran is in the bush 43 administration. she currently sits on the exterm advisory committee. if we take senator finestein that there's a high probability that these weapons have been used, that it may well take some action. what does that action exactly look like. >> as you say, as chair of the senate intelligence committee, we have to assume she's been briefed and there's a basis for her statement. so we ought to take that pretty seriously. she also went onto say that the u.s. is able to verify that. but they'll be able to do that pretty short order. what that means, anderson, you do what you did in libya, which is only air strike using a coalition. owe're going to need some forces in the ground. there are known to be about four dozen chemical weapon sites. and that underscores the magnitude of this problem. the president presumably will want to put a coalition together. it will take a lot of people to be able to do this effectively. it will require air assets but it will also require ground forces. >> bob, obviously a lot of viewers when they hear the idea that t
. election news. cnn can now project that elizabeth colbert bush, the sister of stephen colbert won the democratic primary of south carolina. there is no projection yet on the gop side. >>> and the pakistani teenager shot in the head by the taliban for promoting education for girls five months ago. she lives in england now. today she went back to school for the first time since the attack. here's how she described her return to the classroom. >> i think it is the happiest moment that i'm going back to my school. today i held my books, my bag, i talked to my friends, i will talk to my teacher. >> an incredible young girl. >>> an update on another recovery to tell you about. interior secretary ken salazar said the statue of liberty will reopen to the public by the fourth of july. lady liberty has been closed since october when it was damaged during super storm sandy. >>> nasa and white house officials told a congressional committee that the nation's asteroid detection program is behind schedule and billions of dollars are needed to keep americans safe from space threats like the meteo
george w. bush went on national television to announce the start of the u.s. invasion of iraq. he unleashed the extraordinary force known as shock and awe. remember this? massive air bombardment of saddam hussein's dictatorship. ten years later, saddam is dead, but iraqis are still being killed. the victims of sectarian bloodletting. at least 48 people killed just today in a wave of bombings across that country. here are the stats. the war killed 4,488 americans, a much greater toll for the iraqis. more than 134,000 killed. the war has cost hundreds of billions of dollars. of course, the question that always goes along with that, was it worth it? the latest gallup poll finds that a majority of americans, 53%, say sending u.s. troops to fight in iraq was a mistake. 42% agree with the decision to send our troops. cnn's martin savage was in the front lines of the invasion. he was traveling with the marines and he recently caught up with some of these he met way back when. >> fire in the hole! >> reporter: when you're embedded, you get close to war. >> it's getting hot. let's go! >> r
is out of the spotlight but george w. bush is still making headlines for his new hobby and his brother jeb is impressed. >> i'll just admit this was a surprise to me when i found this out about a year ago. and he's doing it with a vengeance. a guide to good dipping. carrots. yes. celery. cool. chicken wings. it's actually very good. crackers... delicious. sabra hummus. dip life to the fullest. of mild to moderate alzheimer's disease is exelon patch. now with more treatment options, exelon patch may improve overall function and cognition. your loved one can get a free 30-day trial. and you can have access to nurses. it does not change how the disease progresses. hospitalization, and rarely death, have been reported from wearing more than one patch at a time. the most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fall, loss of appetite or weight, application site redness, and urinary tract infection. the likelihood and severity of these side effects may increase as the dose increases or if patients weigh less than 110 pounds. people at risk for stomach ulcers who take certain other
is elizabeth colbert bush. yes, she pronounces her name differently. in a rare interview, we see the serious side of stephen colbert. he sat down with jake tapper, host of cnn's "the lead." to discuss his sister. >> trying to help your sister. >> she's my sister, and i'm willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her. i'm not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself, not as my character. and if people think that's not the right thing for me to do, i don't care. it's my sister, i'm willing to help her. >> he's a good brother. all the help might pay off. one other democrat running in today's primary. 16 republicans, including former governor mark sanford. here is more from jim acosta. >> good to see you. >> reporter: in south carolina, mark sanford needs no introduction. but after the former governor of this state famously tried to cover up an affair by falsely telling the public he was hiking the appalachian trail -- >> i've been unfaithful to my wife. >> a reintroduction wouldn't hurt. >> we can learn aa lot about g
, one of the cases before the court, will argue it's unconstitutional, former bush solicitor general ted olsen a conservative is teaming up with high-profile liberal lawyer david boy. cnn chief political analyst gloria borger has been talking to both of these men. gloria, i find this fascinating, this relationship and how it's evolved over time. >> it is. >> how did it come together? >> the way the whole case has evolved is sort of a script that could have been written in hollywood. >> right. >> because in many ways it actually was written in hollywood. it was november 2008. barack obama had just won the white house. >> there's nothing civil about a man marrying another man! >> but proposition 8 passed, taking away the right for gays and lesbians to marry in california. >> california has made it very clear. >> we're sitting there, you know, kind of licking the wounds and saying, what do we do now 0? and serendipitously, a friend of my wife's came by the table and she says, i think you'd be very interested to find out that you might find an ally in ted olsen on your issue. >> that's the t
travel for past administrations. i will tell through was one for bush 43 who said that he felt that this was kind of high. this amount of money for, you know, more than $500,000 in paris and about that in london. but also conceded there are a ton of factors that drive of the cost, empty rooms for security. hotel may require a compensation for displacing guests and we were -- i do have to tell you the vice president's office referred us to the state department here and they say these costs are nothing out of the ordinary. and they sort of spelled out all of these folks that need to go along with the vice president. they said the contract costs cover the entire range of support including accommodations for military, communications, secret service staff, et cetera. erin? >> all right, brianna, thank you very much. >>> i -- this astounds me. i'm sorry. my guests join me now and let me start with you, hill rich. it seems to me, sure, you need to have security. you need to have these things done right. no one is going to deny. that but 136 people, 800 room nights. a lot of those peop
president bush doing the p presidential humor and we have seen more than a couple from president obama. >> this is my last white house correspondent dinner as president. i'm not sure what i will do next, and after he left office, vice president gore won an oscar and the nobel peace prize. hey, i don't know, i might win a prize, the publishing clearinghouse or something. >> hey, i went shopping at some stores in midtown. i understand that governor romney went shopping for some stores in midtown. >>> it is great to be here in the evening in this vast magnificent hilton ballroom or what mitt romney would call a little fixer upper e. >> dean, you see this as a big change in the presidential joking? >> yes, it is, and i wrote about it in the cnn opinion article which people can go to see the contrast of jokes of reagan making fun of himself being old, and bush making fun of his ability to speak english and as comedians we did, and so did he. self-deprecating humor is always likable, because i should be more self-deprecating and so people would like me, and that is my dream, but president ob
's facebook page and e-mails of the bush family. a shadowy figure is said to be behind the hacking. we're trying to figure out just what is going on, just who the guccifer as it is pronounced is. brian todd is walking into the situation room right now. you've been looking into the story. what are you finding out? >> this is a very mysterious figure and he has the u.s.'s best investigators after him. we have confirmed as wolf mentioned this afternoon the secret service is investigating the hacks of e-mails sent to hillary clinton by a former aide. experts worry the perpetrator may start to target e-mails mrs. clinton, herself, and others will send. a hacker who is reported to have broken into correspondence involving former presidents apparently has found a new target. confidential memos to hillary clinton from a former aide have been hacked according to the website smoking gun. the secret service says it is investigating. smoking gun says it has been in touch with the hacker known as guccifer. the memo which they say was in the e-mail of a former aide had information on the september a
elizabeth culver bush, the democrat iic favorite bush, and the sister of late night steven colbert. >> this is not a joke? >> this is not a joke. i don't think anybody thinks this is a joke. >> reporter: and because mark sanford is not expected to pick up 50% of the vote, he will have to compete in a runoff with one of the gop rivals. the former governor of south carolina. not out of the woods yet. >> interesting to see the huge field and hear the pause we saw from mark sanford. that surprised me a bit when he was asked, why should a voter in vest in you again? >> the most obvious question. you would think he would be completely prepared from it. it was such a long pause, what else is he not prepared for? you would think that's the question everybody would be waiting to ask. very odd. >> we teach with god there, is always a comeback, no one is beyond's god's mercy and forgiveness. the motto from the code of arms that pope francis said. having had mercy, he called him which referred to the calling of matthew, the tax collector, the sinner. this is an extension if i can relate it to
on the start of the iraq war. the bush administration insisted saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction. we were told to be prepared for the worst. and we were. we've been given these backpacks with a lot of protective gear. among other things, in case of the worst case scenario obviously we have a gas mask. we've all been trained how to use it just in case. small chance there is that kind of chemical or biological warfare. we reached for those backpacks after the war started. we had a big scare when an iraqi scud like missile landed in a kuwait city mall. about a mile or so from the hotel balcony where i was anchoring cnn's coverage. our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta immediately and very courageously left the hotel for the mall. wearing his protective gear including a gas mask. within minutes he was reporting from the scene. >> despite the fact that a missile actually did land very close there doesn't seem to be a sense of panic around here. >> during that attack we were all urged to go down into a sealed bunker. i decided to stay on the air and report on the dramatic de
for republicans. george w. bush won re-election in part by endorsing state bans on same sex marriage. now? >> my son came to jane my wife and i, told us that he was gay, and that it was not a choice. >> reporter: a slow move in favor of more gay rights. republicans like senator rob portman are reversing opposition to gay marriage in part because of people close to them being more open about being gay. what was your reaction when he told you? >> love. support. you know, 110%. >> reporter: gop leaders against gay marriage appear to get that their opposition has become a minority view in america and they're increasingly careful to strike a more tolerant tone. >> i respect everyone's opinion. i just gave my opinion. my opinion is born out of my childhood, my faith, my beliefs, that marriage is between one man and one woman. i respect other people's views. >> now, anecdotally in conversations with republicans in the hallways of the capitol it seems as though republicans especially those on the younger side believe that this should be not a federal issue anymore but a state issue. we'll see if the sup
. dean, you say that president obama used his comedy as a weapon. we have president bush doing to presidential humor. we've seen more of than a couple from president obama. >> this is my last white house correspondents' dinner as president. i'm not sure what i'm going to do next. after he left office, vice president gore won an oscar and the nobel peace prize. hey, i don't know, i might win a prize, publishing clearinghouse or something. >> i went shopping at some stores in midtown. i understand governor romney went shopping for some stores in midtown. it's great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent hilton ballroom or what mitt romney would call a little fixer-upper. >> dean, you see this as a big change in presidential joking, right? the attack comic. >> it is. i wrote about it in my cnn opinion article. you can see the contrast in jokes from reagan making fun of himself for being old. bush made fun of his inability to speak english. self-deprecating humor, you can't go wrong. it makes people like you. no one's offended because you're making fun of yourself. i shou
in the past have used comedy more for self-dep ra kating humor. clinton made fun of himself being chubby. bush made fun of his greatest weakness, speaking english. now you have obama turning the table a bit. he makes fun of himself, but he uses comedy like a comedian, like a weapon, it's very effective. >> other presidents have had some good lines of their own. here's george w. bush at the 2008 correspondents dinner poking fun at then-candidates. >> next year a new president will be standing up here. i have to say i'm kind of surprised we don't have more presidential candidates here tonight, like any. senator mccain's not here. he probably wanted to distance himself from me a little bit. you know, he's not alone. jenna's moving out too. the two democratic candidates aren't here either. senator clinton couldn't get into the building because of sniper fire and senator obama's at church. >> all right. how is that any different than obama, dean? really. >> where did you find that? that ruins my entire thesis of my article. i can't believe you would find that and ruin it. it's true, some presidents
successor maduro saying the pentagon, the cia and two former bush administration officials are plotting to assassinate his opponent. his opponent in next month's presidential election. here's rafael romo. >> at a campaign stop in the south seas, nicolas maduro addresses farmers. at a cabinet meeting a military style green shirt while addressing the country on tv, but it's what venezuela's acting president's saying is what's making waves. he's claimed there's a conspiracy orchestrated in the united states to kill venezuela opposition candidate. the ultimate goal maduro says is destabilizing the country. two fierce critics of the venezuelan social government who worked for the u.s. state department under president and bush. he responded with an accusation of his own tweeting these charges are so far removed from reality they may as well be a smoke screen behind which the venezuela government is planning to eliminate capriles. >> the united states categorically rejects allegations of any u.s. government involvement in any plot to destabilize the venezuelan government or to harm anyone in v
bush, and a political comedian. welcome to all of you. dean, i don't know if you watch the show at all, but listening to lily tomlin, do you think she has a point? >> forget the sex. lena dunham is naked all the time. do they not have a wardrobe budget? but about the sex, it's part of the character. it's part of the story line. they're not objectifying women like we see on show after show. so i think it's part of the show, creative process and she should have every right to do this. >> vanessa. >> i kind of did disagree. i was really struck by what tomorr tomlin was saying. there is still an ambivalence that we have about our sexuality, our sexual freedom and how we should express it. >> she said the girls become more accessible, maybe not wisely accessible. a lot of young girls are expected to give a certain sexual act now. young, young girls, maybe 12, 13 years old. that's a right of pass panage i suppose. is that what you're getting at? >> absolutely. obviously they're making choices, creative choices. and that's their right. however, they do have to realize the influence that they
. >> at the bottom of the hour, ari fleischer the former bush white house press secretary will join us. he co-chaired this rnc project. he helped write this report. >>> president obama expected to announce his pick for labor secretary today. it's thomas perez, the assistant attorney general who heads up the justice department civil rights division. the president also preparing for a visit to israel tomorrow. this will be his first international trip of the second term. the first of his presidency to israel after visiting jerusalem president obama heads to ramallah, and then to amman in jordan. >>> so the ncaa collection committee has spoken. now it is all of our turns to fill out those brackets. while there is no obvious favorite in this year's tournament we do know there will be a new champ because after winning it all last year, kentucky was left out. the top seed in the 68-team torn all right are luisville, gonzaga, indiana and kansas. i've been trying to fill out my bracket all morning. it is not easy. it should be easy for you to beat me and you can compete against all of us here at cnn.
, it is fascinating. i've been here in the past with president clinton, with president george w. bush, now president obama. in the past the israeli-palestinian conflict is always at the top of the agenda but given the event in this complicated neighborhood that is now more complicated and confused than ever, the israeli-palestinian conflict is down on the list. the president wants to share information and get information from his israeli counterparts about what's going on in syria. did the government in syria use chemical weapons against its own people. that's a big question. obviously the nuclear showdown with iran. the presidentister wants assurance if that diplomacy doesn't bear fruit that the president of the united states is prepared to put the military option on the table. and, yes, the president did say he wants to have peace in the holy land and he will make that a priority. no accident the president says that this is the first international trip of his second term. >> this is no accident. across this region, the winds of change bring both promise and peril. so i see this visit as an opportu
. bush in the end of his administration tried. president obama didn't touch it much in the first term. now he says he's going to try but the big difference is the things that keep the israelis and palestinians from the bargaining table are still there. they feel good about the conversation a month or two or three, are they back at the table. >> the president's in jordan today. what's the focus there? >> reporter: syria. syria. syria. jordan normally a key u.s. ally in trying to nudge the palestinians on some issues. one of the few arab nations that has relationships with israel. but the refugee crisis coming into this country from syria dominated the discussions. king abdullah has a country with a tough economy to begin with. they've spent nearly $1 billion. they say they are approaching half a million syrian refugees and they think it will keep getting worse. the president promised about $200 million more. the united states is already giving quite a bit of money to the syrian refugee crisis but he promised to ask congress for $200 million more. most of the effort was on the refugee c
actually had interest payments that were over 3% of gdp under bush one and then they came way down. people said, oh, look at these scary numbers about rising interest payments, they, the scenario we're supposed to be afraid of is the things we go back to the way they were 20 years ago, which doesn't seem all that scary. >> let's look at that. we have a chart with precisely that. you see three lines. this is the net interest payments and this is a fairly modest, modest rate increases. and what you see here is nonentitlement spending. you see how they get, they come down. what i want to ask you, as a liberal, don't you worry that if entitlements continue to go up and nothing is done about it, what is going to happen is, forget about defense, but look at nondefense discretionary spending. this is education. this is, all the kinds of programs that you're passionate about that are naturally and necessarily almost going to get squeezed as entitlement spending becomes larger and larger. >> they're going to get squeezed, again, if we look beyond, if we look past and we look to the year 2025, 2030,
it will be as high as it was in 1991, 1992. we actually had interest payments over 3% of gdp under bush one and then came way down. so when people say look at the scary numbers about rising interest payments, the scenario we are supposed to be afraid of are the things going back to the way they were 20 years ago which doesn't seem all that scary. >> let's look at. that we have a chart with precisely that. this is the net interest payments and this is assuming fairly modest rate increases. what you see here is nonentitlement spending. you see how they come down. what i want to ask you, as a liberal, don't you worry that if entitlements continue to go up and nothing is done about it what is going to happen is forget about defense but look at nondefense discretionary spending. this is education, spending all of the programs that you are passionate about that will be squeezed as entitlement spending is larger and larger. >> they will be squeezed. if we look beyond, look at 2025, 2030, something has to give. we can't keep squeezing nondefense, ndd, nondefense discretionary. that is already pret
. this is interesting for a variety of reasons. first of all, in 2004 when he was the architect for george w. bush, you know, legend has it that rove tried to drive a wedge issue on the issue of same-sex marriage of course coming out against it at that point. now he says the republicans could actually have a candidate who supports it, though, let's put the question to connie mack mary bono mack what do you think? possible? >> well i certainly this issue -- i said this weekend to some friends that it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when and how. and i think really we're starting to see the debate more about definition. so when you talk about marriage, marriage is a religious institution that i think we ought to protect. and marriage should be between one man and one woman. but i also believe that we ought to afford the same rights and privileges to people who love each other and want to have a family with each other. they ought to be allowed to do that and get all the same rights. >> in california we've had prop 8 which started, people didn't know could they or couldn't they marry their loved one
president bush is we could really not get a handle on a number of civilians, iraqi civilians who were impacted and killed by this war. you have the numbers, the tallies for americans, but not for the iraqi civilians. you speak with this man, i get a sense that every family, every person there is touched or perhaps knows somebody who's been killed. >> yeah. absolutely. i mean, just about everyone who you speak to does. and the other thing too is driving through most parts of the country it's hard to find a neighborhood that hasn't somehow been touched by some sort of a tragedy. the other thing now that you mention that was quite frustrating too about reporting early on is that remember for the longest time the u.s. administration and military were actually denying that the violence was as bad as it was until the numbers became so high, the attacks became so frequent that they couldn't deny it anymore. and now the tally for iraqi casualties ranges from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. >> yeah. i think some estimates as high as 600,000. and arwa, your reporting has been extrao
's special election, he'll face off against democrat elizabeth colbert-bu colbert-bush. >> people love a comeback story, don't they? >> he says he is going to support his sister. >> all right. one more story to tell you about, folks. the man whose 911 call may have prevented a campus massacre at the university of central florida speaking out saying how it all went down. police say suspect james cumaran pulled the fire arm at the ufc dorm when his roommate came out to investigate the suspect. allegedly pointed an assault rifle right at him. here's what he told anderson cooper. >> i was not going to let him shoot me. i just slammed the door, locked it and i moved away from the door in case he fired at the door. i took some cover in my room so he wouldn't, like, be able to -- the pull lets wouldn't be able to penetrate anything and i called 911. >> completely calm for someone who has just gone through that. by the time officers arrived, he was dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound. he had detailed plans for a campus massacre, four homemade bombs, handgun, assault weapon and 1,000 round
-george w. bush. so what you've seen is you've seen a huge swing in the party. it's gone from tea party republicans, sort of an insular, more isolationist party, come back around and -- >> because they can't win. >> we deserve -- well, don't we deserve credit for evolving, then? that's what's really going on here. i think the document's not a joke. the document is actually a sincere effort for the party to really look at. >> we unfortunately have to leave it there. gale, charles, margaret, thank you very much. we will continue this as always. find more on this story on cnn.com. >>> up next, is this man's skin color the reason why police have not investigated his killing in the three and a half years since it happened? his mother joins us along with the brother of another african-american man who was killed in a hit and run in the very same county in rural mississippi. what is going on there? we'll investigate that. >>> later, whether or not you buy jodi arias' amnesia about the details of killing her boyfriend, is the story even medically possible? ♪ ♪ twith blackberry hub10 and fli
with president bush's missile defense program? >> let me say this -- when another country threatens to attack your homeland, kill your people, we have to be ready and we will always do what we have to do to protect. remember, we have been in south korea for a long time. so we understand the north koreans. we know their strengths and weaknesses. we're going to make sure that they do attack or provication against our allies such as south korea, japan, taiwan, that we're going to be ready to assist them and to help them. >> thanks very much. >>> still "out front," the president is sliding in the polls pretty significantly. has he lost leverage with republicans? what does that mean for whether your taxes are going up? >>> and stephen colbert talks about his stistister running fo office and is talking about being white racist of itself. a war of words over race in america tonight. it's monday. a brand new start. your chance to rise and shine. with centurylink as your trusted technology partner, you can do just that. with our visionary cloud infrastructure, global broadband network and custom commu
adviser in the bush 43 administration, cre currently on the advisory committee and former cia officer, bob bear. this video we just showed from the assad regime, shown on syrian state television. want to show it again. it's supposedly a victim suffering from a chemical weapons attack. no one shows any physical signs of injury, no con vumgss, no vomiting. three experts say that judging from what they see here, this doesn't seem like a chemical weapons attack. knowing what you know about these type of agents and their effect on humans, do you agree? >> you know, it's difficult to tell without examining the patients. and you need sophisticated equipment to do that. a lot of the symptoms you're seeing in these patients could be caused by insecticide, for instance. any organo phosphate which saron is, but the fact that so few people have died or if any have died tells me that this probably wasn't a sar ron attack but we can't rule out some sort of diluted vehicle. >> the regime is saying it's the rebels using chemicals. if it was something like a diluted chemical, dispersal agent or something,
the republican electoral victories. george w. bush in 2004 was carried to re-election in ohio because evangelical voters swarmed to the poll to outlaw gay marriage in the state. and put that in the constitution. now we're seeing that not only was christian not anywhere in that report, god was not anywhere in there, church was not anywhere in there. there was no mention of abortion or marriage, two of the driving issues for this base. so to a lot of folks on the religious right, it seemed like the party really doesn't want that much to do with the base anymore. >> kind of amazing. god comes out. remember when god came out on the democratic side. it does seem to be part of a broader shift. the christian base didn't win the election last fall and in four states, same-sex marriage on the ballot and lost in all four states. anti abortion candidates were also defeated. so what do you think is happening here? the evangelicals just losing all power? >> i don't think so. i still think at the core of the republican party are the social conservatives. they're the ones who vote. they're the ones who care dee
. but every other president in history has lived in comfort and looks like president bush the younger had a bigger white house budget than barack obama does. this is a trivial pursuit. and michele bachmann made a mistake pursuing it. >> he says bachmann is playing small ball with the president and can't backup her criticism. >>> to the politics behind the gun control debate. democrats in the senate have decided not to put a ban on assault weapons in their proposed gun control bill, that's because it's not likely to pass. they're putting more of their efforts into required background checks. vice president joe biden says he's not giving up the fight. >> this is not about anybody's constitutional right to own a weapon. for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies and what happened to them and those six teachers and administrators. >> gloria borger joining me now from washington. gloria, what's going on behind the scenes on capitol hill with these gun
that will succeed. >> david from joins me now, formform er speech write for president bush. david, joe biden long supported an assault weapons ban. but when the gun task force when he started talking about what their ideas were, he didn't even mention his remarks or anything about assault weapons ban. so he also down played it. is he triying to play both side of the coin? >> it is hard to understand what the president is playing. it's been evident for a long time in the democratic majority senate, the votes aren't there for an assault weapons ban. and second, an even more relevant, i think few experts in the issue think that an assault weapons ban is anything like a top priority item in the field of gun safety. i mean a spectacular and hor ib as the crimes committed with assault weapons are, the day in and day out toll on americans comes from handguns, not assault weapons. and we're concerned about background checks and people domestic violence convictions or court orders. so why not do the thing that is easier to pass and has more political support and the answer may have to do with internal dem
the bush reforms in 2005 and 2006. i think we can find a way of making sure that people here with an undocumented status have an ability to adjust that status. we're not going to be able to deport 12 million people. and there's a way to do this without rewarding them for breaking the line or breaking the law, without rewarding them for cutting in line so they don't have a special and unique pathway so those who came here legally who paid the fines, who waited patiently are not penalized by letting people cut in front of them. i think there's a way to do this. and i would call it earned legalization status. >> let's bring in chief political analyst gloria borger. gloria, could it be that congress might actually get a little something done here? how close are lawmakers to coming up with an immigration reform plan that everyone likes or can agree to? >> i sense your skepticism because it's hard to accept congress is going to accept something. i do think, not to be polly anna here, i think you see movement on that front. there's a gang working on this in the senate. chuck schumer
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